Design custom basemaps with the new ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor

We are pleased to announce the release of a new tool available in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise, the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor. Whether you are a developer, designer, or a GIS professional, this tool gives you a fast and easy way to create a custom basemap style that matches your brand and the type of app that you are building.

How it works

Start by selecting an existing Esri vector basemap (e.g. World Street Map or Light Gray Canvas) and then begin customizing the layer colors and labels from there. You can edit everything from fill and text symbols to fonts, sprites, halos, patterns, transparency, and zoom level visibility. When you are finished, the styles are saved as an item in ArcGIS Online with a unique ID. The Map Viewer or any custom application can then reference the item to display your basemap.

Design Tools

The editor makes styling easy by allowing you to style many layers at once or by allowing you to search for individual layers of interest. Here are some of options available:
  • Quick Edit – select all layers and style them at once
  • Edit by Color – select and replace a color for one or more layers
  • Edit icons and patterns – edit image, tint, and color of the sprites
  • Edit Layer Styles – search for one or more layers to style
  • Layer Editor – click the map or the layer list to perform detailed editing on a layer


Quick Edit

ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor quick edit view
ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor quick edit view

Layer Editor

ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor layer edit view
Layer editor

Try it!

To start customizing a basemap, sign in with your ArcGIS account and click “New Style”. There are also ArcGIS developer tutorials for creating a custom basemap style and displaying a styled vector basemap in your application. 

For more inspiration visit this showcase of some custom styles we have created.

Feel free to post questions or feedback on Esri Community.

Have fun making beautiful maps!

About the authors

Allan Laframboise is the product engineering lead for documentation for the Developer Experience team.

Developer on the Esri Developer Experience team. I focus on the ArcGIS developer tools and technology to help everyone create better apps.


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